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July 22, 2014

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Elko seems to bring out Gibbons’ ire

Something about Elko seems to cause Gov. Jim Gibbons to let loose on his enemies.

In March, 2005, Gibbons delivered a plagiarized speech to an Elko group where he said that those opposed to the war in Iraq are "liberal, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, hippie, tie-dyed liberals."

In a speech in Elko on Friday, Gibbons chose to attack higher education system Chancellor Jim Rogers.

The thrust of his attack seemed to be that Rogers' shares a name with the soft-spoken title character on "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."

"Yes, I work work with higher education," Gibbons told the Republican Lincoln Day dinner in Elko on Friday night. "No, I will not work with Mr. Rogers. Not even if he wears his warm fuzzy sweater and his slippers and comes to my office. I will not work with Mr. Rogers."

Gibbons' also tried to absolve himself of the deep cuts to higher education in his budget. While he ordered a 36 percent cut in funding, he pointed out he didn't make any recommendation on what programs to cut.

"I don't make the choices that he has blamed me for. I don't make the choices about your community college. That's left to your Board of Regents, that's left to your chancellor to make the choices on where they spend that money," the governor said.

This is just the latest in the ongoing feud between Rogers and Gibbons.

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